The Existence and Nature of God

When you visit an art museum and see a painting or a sculpture, or some other amazing work of art, you know immediately that there is an artist behind the work. Paintings don’t paint themselves, and sculptures don’t sculpt themselves. And what’s more, the art tells you something about the artist: something about his creative thoughts, something about his methods, even something about his mindset.

In the same way, students at SoS feel no need to defend or argue about the existence of a Creator. The very existence of a creation proves without question or doubt, to any reasonable, rational person, that there is a Creator behind it.

Further, the nature of the creation tells us some things about its Creator. Its expanse tells us of His magnitude. Its grandeur tells us of His unlimited power. Its beauty and variety tells us of His tenderness and imaginative prowess. Its complexity tells us of His intelligence. And its adherence to clear and unyielding physical laws tells us that He is a being of order, not one of chaos.

However, this reality leads us to a natural question: If there is a Creator, who is this being, and where is this being now? Where could one go to find this entity? The very nature of the creation points us to the fact that this Creator is transcendent, beyond our ability to completely comprehend. The logical conclusion is that such a powerful entity, One who is so outside our realm of rationality, must either choose to reveal Himself plainly…or else He remains hidden from us. The question then becomes, has He chosen to reveal Himself? Aside from the revelation of His nature as seen in His creation, is there any other form of revelation He has used to express Himself in a way that human beings can take in and understand?

As it happens, there is one compilation of writings that claims to be this self-revelation of the Creator. The Jewish Tanakh, a large body of literature comprised of three sections (Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim), claims to be this revelation of the Creator. It makes this claim more than 5,000 times, in fact. The Christian New Testament also repeatedly makes this claim. And there are spiritual, historical and cultural evidences that support such claims. Together, these two compilations comprise what is known as the Holy Bible. Because the Bible claims to be the authoritative self-revelation of the Creator, we must examine the Bible before we can gather any further information about the Creator it reveals.

Let us, therefore, turn to examine the Bible.

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